Details on Move to Phase 1C Vaccinations, Case of COVID-19 in Vaccinated Individual

Dr. Elizabeth Char, director of the Hawaʻi Department of Health. PC: DOH

Health officials are providing more details on the move to Phase 1C vaccinations, which start on Monday, March 15.

State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char said those age 65 and older and those with one or more of a few specific chronic medical conditions are atop the list of those who should be vaccinated next. 

Those who can make appointments immediately include:

  • Individuals age 65 and older
  • Individuals on dialysis
  • Individuals with severe respiratory disease who are on oxygen
  • Individuals undergoing chemotherapy or other infusion therapy

People with other chronic conditions also qualify for vaccine in Phase 1C, but not immediately.

Health officials say data shows a correlation between medical conditions and age, so age will serve as a surrogate for many of these other chronic medical conditions. People with these chronic illnesses will be eligible for vaccine by age in descending order.

Essential workers not included in earlier phases are also part of Phase 1C. They will continue to register through employers.

“We will get to everybody. We are very happy that people want to get vaccinated. We look forward to vaccinating everyone who is interested,” Char said.

Dr. Char also discusses the latest COVID-19 Weekly Cluster Report, which includes investigation into a “breakthrough” case of COVID-19 in a fully vaccinated Hawai‘i resident.

“The really important thing is that being vaccinated prevents us from serious illness, hospitalization, and death. That’s what we really need the vaccines to do for us,” Char said. “We have seen cases where people are fully vaccinated, and we have some cases in Hawai‘i now where people got vaccinated…traveled to the mainland, and we think they got ill on the mainland. Thankfully, their symptoms were very mild, which is exactly the protection the vaccine affords, but you can get infected with COVID.” 

DOH also announced that on the week of March 15, 64,670 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are expected to arrive in Hawai‘i.

The information was detailed in a department communication platform called The Weekly Dose hosted by Brooks Baehr with the Department’s communication office.

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